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# Solving One Step Equations Addition Equations

## Learn how to solve one step equations in 2 easy steps.

There are four things that you must remember when solving any equation AND everything must be mathematically correct!

• Your goal is to get the variable that you are solving for by itself on one side of the equation.
Example: x = _____

• To eliminate a term on one side of the equation, you use the opposite mathematical operation.

• Whatever you do to one side of the equation, you MUST do to the other side of the equation. This keeps the equation balanced!

• Always check your answer by substituting the value back into the original equation.

Let's take a closer look at the three rules above in an example problem.

## Example 1

If you'd like to see more examples on video, check out the FREE Pre-Algebra Refresher Course, which includes 12 lessons on Solving Equations! You'll find not only more step-by-step examples on video, but you'll also find practice problems with step-by-step solutions.

Here we have two more examples of how to solve a one step addition equation! I've even thrown in a few negatives, because that can sometimes confuse you, especially if you don't remember your addition integer rules or your subtraction integer rules.

## Example 2

If you are the type of student who prefers to "see and hear" how this problem is solved, then watch the video below for a step-by-step solution.

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## Example 3

Addition equations are pretty easy to solve. Remember that the opposite of addition is subtraction, and whatever you do to one side, you must do to the other side!

### Take a look at the questions that other students have submitted on one-step addition equations.

Question about Example 3 above: y + 5 = -12

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